England calls at the double

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A MOTHER and daughter from Buxton have scored a darts double for their country.

BDO ladies darts star Lorraine Farlam, of Dale Road, helped her fellow compatriots to victory in the recent Six Nations tournament in Blackpool.

Hot on the heels of this triumph, and following in her mother’s footsteps, Farlam’s daughter Josie Paterson has now also received her first call-up to the England Girls squad.

Mother-of-two Farlam, a semi-finalist at this year’s Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship, was part of the England ladies quartet which finished the tournament unbeaten, after group stage wins over the Republic of Ireland (8-1) and Northern Ireland (7-2) were followed by victories over the Netherlands (5-1) and Wales (5-2) in the semi-final and final respectively.

And the win over Wales enabled the 35-year-old beauty therapist to bury a few demons by defeating nemesis Julie Gore, who had beaten her to the 2012 Dutch Open title and ended her reign as Scottish Open champion.

“When you look at England ladies it’s just a team of elite players, so to be part of that was amazing,” said Farlam after making her Six Nations debut, in the team, which also included captain Trina Gulliver, Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman.

“The single-leg format is really exciting and there was some brilliant matches. And when you are playing for a team, there is the added pressure of playing your best for everyone, which is different when you’re playing for yourself and you only let yourself down if you don’t play well.”

England’s men’s team completed an impressive double for the host nation by winning their Six Nations tournament.

Farlam, who is scheduled to play in open competitions in the Isle of Man and Holland, returns to international duty in next month’s British International Championships in Wales, alongside her daughter who will be representing England Girls.

Paterson, a year ten pupil at St Thomas More School, has played at county level since the age of 13. She currently plays for Yorkshire, having previously represented Derbyshire, and last season picked up her maiden tournament victory by winning the England Classic’s youth girls competition.

And the 15-year-old has ambitions of becoming youth number one - and following in her mum’s footsteps by competing on the senior circuit.

“When I received the telephone call to say I’d been picked (for England) it was just such a shock, but also amazing because I didn’t expect the opportunity to come so soon,” added Paterson. “I’m really looking forward to it.”

* Farlam is sponsored by RMW Bathroom and Kitchens, of Burbage. Anyone who would like to sponsor her on the darts circuit, or her daughter, can email dartchick@talktalk.net.